Dream Syndicate Live at Maxwell’s on 1983-02-12
- Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn
- Dream Syndicate
1. Let It Rain
2. When You Smile
3. Definitely Clean
4. That’s What You Always Say
5. Then She Remembers
6. Until Lately
8. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
9. Days Of Wine And Roses
CD 2: Second Set
2. Still Holding On To You
3. Mr. Soul
4. John Coltrane Stereo Blues
5. Tell Me When It’s Over
6. Don’t Fear The Reaper
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|Let It Rain|
|When You Smile|
|Thatï¿½s What You Always Say|
|Then She Remembers|
|Knockinï¿½ On Heavenï¿½s Door|
|Days Of Wine And Roses|
|Still Holding On To You|
|John Coltrane Stereo Blues|
|Tell Me When Itï¿½s Over|
|Donï¿½t Fear The Reaper|
Dream Syndicate: Steve Wynn, Karl Precoda, Kendra Smith, Dennis Duck
This is the original line-up on their first trip to the East Coast after the release of “Days of Wine and Roses.”
I deejayed at Maxwell’s so I could set-up in the deejay/sound booth, but with a 6-channel board (8-channels minus one broken and one for the deejay mixer) soundboard recordings were out of the question. I would unplug my Nikko cassette deck from home and lug over to the club. I never did buy my own mic’s… just used whatever spares might be lying around (with decidedly mixed results). This is one of the better-sounding tapes I ever captured and I had a few things going in my favor; the mic’s were stationary, the power source was constant and the band had good equipment and didn’t play too loud.
I was really excited about seeing the Dream Syndicate and it was a great night. There had been a big blizzard the day before and there was a foot-and-a-half of snow on the streets of Hoboken. I don’t think the band expected people to come out and see them with weather like that, but Maxwell’s had a local walking distance crowd and the show was reasonably well-attended… the New York fans probably stayed home.
They played two sets that night, which was unusual at Maxwell’s, but is great news as far as this recording goes. None of the material repeats. I can’t recall why they did two sets, but I’m guessing that the opening band cancelled because of the blizzard. At the beginning of the second set that’s deep-voiced me responding to Steve Wynn’s enquiry about the stage lighting and soundman Ira Kaplan confirming, “Yeah, behind the drums.” This is back in 1983… Yo La Tengo’s international acclaim was still but a glint in Georgia and Ira’s eyes.
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- 2007-08-06 13:35:39
Subject: Amazing to hear this
It's surprising to read that the band wasn't playing too loud, as it was ear-splitting to me--especially when Karl Precoda used feedback as an instrument at the start of "When You Smile." I also recall that the bass vibrated the rafters that I stood on. No recording can capture how it felt to be embraced by the Dream Syndicate's sound and transported by it.
Kendra was well accessorized with a black beret, if I recall, and a large wraparound scarf of the type that was fashionable at the time. Fourteen-year-old girls notice things like that.
At least at one point, and perhaps more often, Wynn turned and played with his back to the audience. It struck me at the time because my mother had told me Bob Dylan did that, and she considered it quite disrespectful. But I didn't mind gaining a 360-degree view of Wynn.
I never imagined I'd hear this concert again--let alone the parts I missed! Thanks so much for posting it.
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